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Thread: Feather...rollers

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Nov 2007


    Good day

    All the idea is actually a "feather board" but instead of the "feathers", I'm using rollers (or wheels) that are spring loaded by a metal bar and keeps the workpiece pressed to the fence before entering the blade.

    Because of the distance between the wheels, the workpiece is held firmly pressed to the fence from the beginning of the fence till almost the blade.

    To make it even more effective, I tilted the wheels down and the result is that the workpiece is also pushed and held down to the table.

    As you will see, it's very easy and fast to install/adjust/remove (I replaced the wing nuts with knobs) and I almost don't make any rip cut without those wheels.

    When the workpiece is passing the table edge, I just grab the push block or lately, long push stick (I can use any long scrap because I need only to push forward) so, my body and hand are far away from the "war zone".

    A word about push sticks...I've seen on the Internet that people are pushing the workpiece at a point close to the fence...I think that it's much better to push at a point that is closer to the blade because we create another vector that tends to push the workpiece toward the fence and not toward the blade back teeth...


  2. #2
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Tokyo Japan
    Niki, I think (?) I've seen this one before, but that don't matter, as it is a great fix for the feather board problem.

    Way to go!
    The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.
    William Arthur Ward

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Charlotte, NC
    Great jig Niki!

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Mountain Home, Arkansas
    Simple and effective. I like simple.
    "Folks is funny critters."

    Think for yourselves and let others enjoy the privilege to do so, too. ~Voltaire

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Thank you so much

    I'm posting from Aussie through Italy, UK, CA, USA and down to Brazil so, it's most probable that you have seen it already...

    With the resources that I have in Poland, it must be simple...well, I also don't know how to make complicated jigs...


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